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LaRon Landry says he'll play some linebacker

The larger Landry. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

Moving LaRon Landry from safety to linebacker has long been one of the relentless pipe-dream fantasies of anonymous Internet commenters, the sort who believe Colt Brennan should be the starting quarterback, Marko Mitchell should be the No. 1 wideout and the Redskins should trade a dozen Spicy Pickle sandwiches and Etan Thomas's expiring contract to the Vikings for Adrian Peterson.

Except this one appears actually to be happening. It's already been clear that Landry is adding considerable weight -- he told reporters on Sunday that he's trying to go from 210 pounds to 240, and that he's already up to 230 -- and when he dropped in with LaVar and Dukes earlier this week, Landry said he indeed plans to play some linebacker.

"It's gonna be interchangeable, strong safety and free safety, I need to know both positions," he said. "I'm also gonna play a little linebacker."

At 240, Landry would fit in well with many of the team's linebackers: Rocky McIntosh is listed at 238, H.B. Blades at 242, London Fletcher at 245 and Chris Wilson at 247. Landry talked with reporters on Sunday about his difficulty playing free safety, and he elaborated on that with LaVar and Dukes.

"I came in as a strong safety, and the way the free safety in Coach Blache's defense was played, I've got to be the savior of the defense," he said. "And I came in as an aggressive type of player, and with that said, being a free safety was kind of hard for me, trying to be in a run front and trying to be so aggressive....[Being in the box], that's my style of play. Just be able to react, a lot more blitzes. It enables me to just play fast, instead of being in the back, playing center field, just letting things come to me and being patient. That's not my style."

And in more Redskins radio news (yes, you can strangle me with official Redskins brand portable headphones if you see me in the street), T.O. apparently told Stephen A. Smith that he and Donovan McNabb could win a Super Bowl together in Washington.

"You know what?" Owens told Smith on Wednesday morning, according to Jim Williams. "I'll say this and I'll go on record and say it. If we were and that is the case for me to go to Washington, and Donovan and I reunite, I'll say there'll be some unfinished business....Unfinished business in terms of getting to the Super Bowl and winning it."

Something tells me that business might remain unfinished for all time, like the "Greatest Seasons in the Vinny Cerrato Era" DVD set, but maybe T.O knows more about this than I do.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 21, 2010; 5:01 PM ET
Categories:  Media , Redskins  
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the spicy pickle in Ashburn is no more. You could probably still complete the trade with three Five Guys burgers and a bag of fries, though.

Posted by: -swb | April 21, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

am convinced that the skins will take Eric Berry with the first pick.

Posted by: ralston21 | April 21, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

very interesting.. this should get horton more playing time (if he can stay healthy). he makes things happen..

Posted by: cboyhater | April 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think about Dez B. and Spiller? Picking this early could be the chance to get a marquise, future hall of fame, SKILL POSITION type guy, who can change the game in one play.
Of course OLmen would be the prudent move. (FA OL vets are available).
It'd be nice, after all these years of floundering to have a player who can break the game open!

Posted by: iRed27 | April 21, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

We HAVE to get T.O.

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | April 22, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he's not playing LB when Brandon Jacobs runs thru that hole.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he's not playing LB when Brandon Jacobs runs thru that hole.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 22, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

True, I'm hoping it's Fletcher though. Haha so funny, I loved that hit, that's when I still had hope for the 09 things change.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 22, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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